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What is Mabon?

Mabon is one of the eight sabbaths in the Pagan wheel of the year. In this post, we explore what Mabon is all about and how it relates to us in today’s world. Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. For more information about what this means, please click here

Mabon (pronounced May-bun) is the second of three harvest celebrations from the wheel of the year. It normally occurs around September 21st to 24th each year. 

Mabon history

Mabon is perhaps the newest of the sabbaths on the wheel of the year. There is not very much evidence of it being celebrated before the wheel of the year was constructed for neopagans. It is named after the Welsh god by the same name, Mabon. 

The second harvest of the year is normally the biggest harvest so giving thanks for what is harvested is a big theme. In fact, Mabon has been termed the witches thanksgiving. 

Mabon today

Mabon is celebrated on the Autumn equinox which is when there is an equal amount of day and night. The only other time this happens each year is at the Spring equinox when Ostara is celebrated. With equal day and night, comes the theme of balance which along with gratitude makes the main themes of the holiday. Other themes include; home protection, family/loved ones, transitions, goal setting, and shadow work. 

Thanksgiving, Cornucopia, Fruit, Autumn, Harvest, Mabon

Symbols of Mabon

Apples

Mabon is at the start of the apple season and apples would have been an important resource for our ancestors. Apples would have been used for both food and for making cider. 

Pumpkins

Although most associate pumpkins with Halloween, pumpkins are another item that would be harvested in abundance at Mabon. 

Scarecrows

Scarecrows are protectors of the harvest and are very much linked to Mabon being the main harvest season. 

Cornucopia

A symbol of abundance and an image of harvested foods, it is not a surprise that this would be a symbol of Mabon. 

Farm tools

Old farming tools such as sickles and scythes are symbols of Mabon as they would have been used to gather the harvest. 

It is hoped that you have enjoyed this simple guide to Mabon.  For more Mabon-themed posts, check out the dedicated page, here

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